Values-based Investing

What is it?

Investing that has the power to deliver competitive returns and bring about positive change.

Values Based Investing (VBI) is an investment philosophy that considers criteria based on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) values, alongside financial returns, when selecting an investment opportunity.

This is one of the newest and fastest growing sectors within the investment universe. There are now over 1,254 managers representing over $34 trillion committed to VBI worldwide . According to the United States Sustainable Investment Forum (US SIF), VBI accounts for around one in every nine dollars under professional management in the US.

VBI covers a range of strategies and asset classes, from listed equity funds through to private equity investments. Increasingly new investment models are being developed that employ values-based investing to enhance returns as well as drive positive change.

Source: UNPRI- April 2013

Impact investing

Find out more about the selection process for qualifying Impact investments via the Social Stock Exchange (SSX) and their range of quoted member shares and bonds.

Investment Choices

Funds investing in Listed Financial Instruments:

  • Ethical: Negative screening: remove all “sin” sectors companies from portfolio (includes pornography, armaments, gambling, natural resources and alcohol). Positive screening: as above but also only select companies with “best in class” CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) credentials from remaining universe.
  • ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) -based investment: Integrating long-term ESG criteria into investment decision making in order to produce superior financial returns. This differentiates it from ethical investments, which set financial returns as a secondary consideration, subordinate to ethical or sustainability goals

Private Equity based funds:

  • Impact Investments: investments in businesses or projects with the primary aim of delivering positive change (e.g. microfinance. Community investing)
  • Green Tech: investing in new technologies that reduce or eliminate harmful impact to the environment (includes renewable fuels, waste treatment, water recycling etc.)

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Current Offers

Type Name Theme Offer Details Closing Date Further Info  
Global Equities Alquity Future World Global Emerging Markets
  • Initial Fee Waived
  • Donation increased by 50%
Further Info Buy

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
7IM Sustainable Balance C Inc5.5927.2444.6880.112.10Buy
AXA Ethical Distribution Z Inc10.6835.6252.61225.412.03Buy
Aberdeen Ethical World Equity I Inc9.9136.9055.81152.470.90Buy
Aberdeen Multi Manager Ethical Portfolio I Inc10.3154.5692.7464.460.20Buy
Aberdeen Responsible UK Equity I Inc12.8544.2956.9024.592.10Buy
BlackRock GF New Energy D4RF GBP11.4862.6792.581,187.48-Buy
Castlefield B.E.S.T Income Inst Inc10.2332.1953.9227.473.80Buy
Castlefield B.E.S.T Income Charity Inc10.2330.5552.0827.473.80Buy
Climate Assets B Inc7.7744.0770.0254.442.53Buy
EFA Eden SRI B Inc5.9626.35-5.402.06Buy
EFA Eden SRI A Inc5.7425.60-5.402.07Buy
EdenTree Amity European B22.6172.12112.7893.601.97Buy
EdenTree Amity International B11.5041.3470.25224.651.80Buy
EdenTree Amity Sterling Bond B6.3314.0030.52113.684.17Buy
EdenTree Amity UK B11.9242.7070.41153.622.04Buy
F&C Responsible Global Equity 2 Inc14.4072.22111.44378.120.70Buy
F&C Responsible UK Equity Growth 2 Inc17.7851.6185.82419.541.90Buy
F&C Responsible UK Income 2 Inc11.7242.2570.77329.513.80Buy
FP WHEB Sustainability C Inc13.0764.06102.34173.000.81Buy
Henderson Global Care Growth I Inc15.0865.95121.50593.130.50Buy

Investment Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
Impax Environmental Markets Ord 10P17.0890.68168.03-9.20278.36Buy
Jupiter Green Investment10.1639.4296.59-5.19195.66Buy
Menhaden Capital Plc ORD 1P16.24---22.1387.33Buy
Syncona Limited Ord NPV53.6177.61-36.70139.72Buy
Trading Emissions PLC90.77242.21312.21--Buy


Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
Lyxor UCITS ETF WORLD WATER D GBP5.316.2574.26-GBXCommodity & EnergyBuy
UBS ETF - MSCI Emerging Markets Socially Responsible UCITS ETF USD A Dis7.7311.7641.04-GBXEquity - Emerging MarketsBuy
UBS ETF - MSCI EMU Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (EUR) A Dis GBP13.7320.4778.69105.97GBXEquity - Europe ex UKBuy
UBS ETF - MSCI Pacific Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A Dis GBP3.726.1355.1182.76GBXEquity - Asia Pacific inc JapanBuy
UBS ETF - MSCI World Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A Dis GBP5.2011.6061.4598.79GBXEquity - EthicalBuy
UBS (Irl) ETF plc - MSCI United Kingdom IMI Socially responsible UCITS ETF A Dis4.9112.6743.56-GBPEquity - UKBuy
iShares Dow Jones Europe Sustainability Screened UCITS ETF GBP9.1915.1847.9976.06GBPEquity - Europe inc UKBuy
iShares Dow Jones Global Sustainability Screened UCITS ETF GBP6.0713.3555.8088.62GBPEquity - EthicalBuy
iShares Global Clean Energy UCITS ETF GBP3.90-3.3323.5282.86GBPCommodity & EnergyBuy
iShares Sustainable MSCI Japan SRI EUR Hedged UCITS ETF GBP19.4519.92--GBPEquity - JapanBuy
iShares Sustainable MSCI Emerging Markets SRI UCITS ETF GBP9.1113.58--GBPEquity - Emerging MarketsBuy
iShares Sustainable MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF GBP4.5712.18--GBPEquity - USABuy


Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)NAVDiscountNDYSector
Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT PLC C ORD 1P5.70-1.36-88.80-5.975.99VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT PLC D---97.502.56-VCT Specialist Environmental Pre QualifyBuy
Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT PLC Ord 1P-0.04-1.0231.92101.30-11.656.70VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT1 PLC A Shs 0.1P-0.508,668.410.104,950.00-VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT1 PLC Ord 0.1P4.6525.5281.57116.40-8.514.69VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT2 PLC A Shs 0.1P-0.508,668.410.104,950.00-VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT2 PLC Ord 0.1P1.4122.2476.83115.50-10.824.85VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Octopus VCT 3 PLC ORD 1P-11.62-7.95-14.9573.50-8.167.41VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Octopus VCT 4 PLC ORD 1P-11.62-7.95-14.9573.50-8.167.41VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Triple Point Income Vct Plc Ord 1P15.5068.8582.7370.09-28.6610.00VCT GeneralistBuy
Ventus 2 VCT PLC Ord 25P16.9657.36197.2381.00-9.886.85VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus 2 VCT PLC C SHS 25P20.0649.4180.55130.80-8.266.67VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus 2 VCT PLC D SHS 25P14.8226.42-132.20-9.231.25VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT PLC Ord 25P12.8562.18139.47114.60-4.897.34VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT PLC C SHS 25P20.0652.5586.94129.70-7.486.67VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT PLC D SHS 25P14.8226.42-131.50-8.751.25VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy

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